Are you effectively mentoring leaders to maximize your
Will your volunteers know how to carry on in your absence? Or
will programs fall apart and attendance decline in a haze of
confusion until the next official leader comes? In everything you
do, you have the choice to build only for today or to build also
for tomorrow. If you choose to build for tomorrow, you’ll be
doggedly committed to mentoring your volunteers.
Successful children’s ministry leadership requires a team
effort. Whether you’re fielding questions, pitching out great
ideas, or hitting homerun programs, working side by side with
others is the key to success. Are you using your talents
efficiently so you can make disciples and provide future leadership
in ministry? Take a moment to complete this checkup on your
mentoring ability in ministry.
Circle your answer for each question.
1. Do you keep your eye on the ball? (You keep
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2. When you strike out, are you willing to get
3. It’s the last inning, you’ve got two outs,
4. Are you able to recognize a bad swing and
5. Do you excel in the role of general manager?
6. Are you willing to act as the batboy? (You
7. Do you evaluate your performance regularly?
8. Do you consistently remember to sing “The
9. Do you sit in the dugout and let others
10. Do you pitch to each batter knowing that
11. Do you realize that every win and loss is a
12. Are you the local sportscaster? (You’re a
13. Are you willing to wear someone else’s
14. Do you advertise your games? (You encourage
15. Do you recognize that each member can’t
16. Can you accept criticism from the crowd?
17. Do you play with the team, rather than
18. Do you broadcast your games coast to coast?
19. Are you the team medic? (You stand ready to
20. Do you commit to a rigorous schedule of
21. Are you willing to rearrange the batting
22. Are you a model player? (You do all that
How you rate: Give yourself three points for every “Most of the
time,” two points for every “Sometimes,” and one point for every
“Not usually” answer.
If you scored:
- Under 36, it’s possible that you feel apprehensive about
working with others. You’d rather get the job done yourself. Open
yourself up to new opportunities toward becoming a team member.
Look for strengths in others that could complement your weaknesses
and team up with those people. Follow the suggestions given within
- Between 36 and 56, you’re well on your way toward mentoring
others. Be intentional about your efforts to raise up qualified
leadership in your ministry. Encourage your volunteers to be
willing to take over your role should God ever lead you to
- Above 56, you excel as a team player and provide quality
modeling for future leaders in ministry. If you’ve been successful
at mentoring leaders, perhaps it’s time to give them more
leadership responsibilities. It’s been said that the most
successful discipler is the one who can work him- or herself out of